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Peer Support Specialist
Req Code:2021:2183-007
County:Philadelphia County, PA
FT/PT:Full Time
Location:2183-Phila. ICCM
Schedule:Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Job Description/Essential Functions:

Horizon House, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, we have been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and homelessness to stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout South and North Eastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.

We are seeking a full time Peer Support Specialist to function as a fully integrated member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. Responsibilities to help participants accomplish this goal include the following:

  • To assist program participants with mental illnesses to regain control over their own lives and their own recovery process.
  • To collaborate with the interdisciplinary recovery team, provide program participants with counseling and support to identify self-determined goals.
  • Serve as a mentor to program participants to promote hope and empowerment in their recovery process.
  • Act as an informal educator to other team members to facilitate understanding and empathy with each person’s unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
  • Collaborate with the team to promote a team culture in which self-determination and decision-making in recovery planning are supported.
  • Assist program participants in identifying, understanding and combating stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self- stigma.
Job Qualifications:
  •  A person who is self identified as having met the criteria for serious mental illness as defined in the Mental Health Bulletin
    (OMH-94-04) who utilizes or has utilized mental health and/or co-occurring services and has been trained and certified to
    help her/his peers identify and achieve specific self-determined goals.
  • Must be a Certified Peer Specialist – certified by a PA State approved entity.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of recovery/wellness principles and ability to model and mentor the recovery process and demonstrates effective coping skills.
  • An Associate Degree or high school diploma or GED and at least one year of paid or volunteer work; or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
    Ability to establish supporting trusting relationships with people with mental illnesses and respect for peoples’ rights and personal preferences is essential.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a focused interdisciplinary team.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is preferred.
  • Frequent interactions with peers who are at different stages of recovery.
  • May be required to assist with crisis intervention in emergency situations in an ancillary/supportive role educating and supporting peers in the development and implementation of WRAP and Advanced Directives.
  • Requires the ability to lift, carry, fold, kneel, stack, stoop and bend which may include direct intervention with clients.
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Light lifting and/or carrying, not to exceed 25 lbs.
  • Local travel required, including transporting program participants.
  • Flexibility in scheduling and available to do 24-hour on-call coverage.

To be considered an applicant for this position please complete the pre- employment application by visiting us at www.hhinc.org/careers. Use the Requisition code: 2021:2183-007

Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including: medical & dental, (9) nine paid holidays, generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, retirement savings plan, voluntary tax sheltered annuity, transit benefit program, opportunities for advancement and more.

Horizon House, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer • M/F/Veteran/ Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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